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Famous Female Archaeologists

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List of famous female archaeologists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female archaeologists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being archaeologists. There are thousand of females working as archaeologists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic archaeologists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a archaeologist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List people include Margaret Conkey, Joyce Marcus and many additional people as well.

While this isn't a list of all female archaeologists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female archaeologists?" and "Who are the best female archaeologists?"
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  • Kathleen O'Neal Gear (1954) is an award-winning American writer. She was born in Tulare, California, and graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies from California State University, Bakersfield, in 1977, then went on to do graduate work in archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her M.A. from California State University, Chico, and conducted Ph.D. studies in American Indian history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of America's...  more
    • Emeline Hurd Hill Richardson (June 6, 1910 in Buffalo, New York, USA – August 29, 1999 in Durham, North Carolina) was a notable classical archaeologist and Etruscan scholar. Hill was the daughter of William Hurd Hill and Emeleen Carlisle (Hill). She studied at Radcliffe College, receiving an A.B. in 1932 and an M.A. in 1935. In 1935/36 she studied with Bernard Ashmole at the University of London. She completed her Ph.D. in 1939 at Radcliffe College. From 1941–1949 she was on the faculty of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. In 1950, Emeline Hill Richardson held a stipend at the American Academy in Rome and was involved in the Cosa excavations. She married Lawrence Richardson in...  more
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        • Alana Kathleen Cordy-Collins (5 June 1944 – 16 August 2015) was Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Diego. She was an archaeologist whose primary specialization was Peruvian prehistory....  more